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[News] Why FOSS is Sometimes Neglected: Analysts Have No Integrity, They Have Clients

  • Subject: [News] Why FOSS is Sometimes Neglected: Analysts Have No Integrity, They Have Clients
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 19:57:33 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The Brampton Factor: Analysts fail on open source

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| For open source software to achieve its full potential, people's perceptions 
| must change. Yet how can that happen when open source is so woefully 
| neglected by analysts, asks Martin Brampton.  
| [...]
| This gap leaves an opening for analysts, who should be relatively neutral 
| about the success or failure of products or vendors, to stand back and form a 
| view of the trends.  


“Analysts sell out - that’s their business model… But they are very concerned
that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very
prickly to work with.”

                                        –Microsoft, internal document


Linux: Who got it right, who got it very wrong?

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| Open-source software, once derided as the unsupportable and unreliable work
| of hobbyists, has secured itself a place at the table of many a large
| enterprise, although in ways that were different than many expected even five
| years ago.
| By promoting a culture of transparency and forcing independent software
| vendors and service providers to add value in new ways, open source can be
| lauded for shaking up an industry that was ripe for a change. Instead of
| thinking in terms of market domination and customer lock-in, the industry is
| now prepared to work for its lunch — and to respect the customers' desire for
| a better option, whether it's open source or otherwise.


PC deal could save public sector billions

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| Suffolk told Gartner, “I think we have fundamentally failed on a worldwide
| basis as an IT industry to understand the cost of what we do. And I roundly
| blame Gartner for this, because you guys are the ones who come up with TCO
| [total cost of ownership] benchmarking. It has become a self-fulfilling
| prophecy.
| “So, I go out and I pick boring desktop infrastructure. What price do you
| think the suppliers broadly pitch? You will not be shocked to know that it is
| somewhere around the Gartner TCO benchmark.”

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